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Draft breakdown: defensive backs

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This ran in Thursday's paper, but I've been a little busy and neglected to post it here. There's some real talent on this list, and don't be surprised if some of it finds its way to Tampa Bay.

1, Leodis McKelvin, Cornerback,  5-11,  190,  Troy: It's a close call,  but McKelvin's pure cover skills and potential to be an elite returnman push him to the top.

2, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Cornerback,  6-2,  182,  Tennessee State: Bradenton native is a rare athlete who will be asked to make big jump from Division I-AA.

3, Mike Jenkins,  Cornerback,  6-0,  200,  USF: Possesses rare speed,  airtight man-to-man skills and can help in the return game.

4, Aqib Talib,  Cornerback,  6-1,  202,  Kansas: Has excellent size; versatility should allow him to contribute on offense and special teams.

5, Antoine Cason,  Cornerback,  6-0,  190,  Arizona: Not the most physical player but has instincts and makes numerous plays on the ball.

6, Kenny Phillips,  Safety,  6-2,  208,  Miami: Good size will allow him to be formidable against NFL running games.

7, Tyrell Johnson,  Safety,  6-0,  207,  Arkansas State: Big hitter and solid tackler had the best NFL combine bench press among defensive backs.

8, Brandon Flowers,  Cornerback,  5-10,  189,  Virginia Tech: Lack of size will be a disadvantage against the run; a solid open-field tackler.

9, Justin King,  Cornerback,  5-11,  192,  Penn State: One of the fastest players in the draft — 4.31 seconds in the 40 yards — but lacking in other areas.

10, DaJuan Morgan,  Safety,  6-0,  205,  N.C. State: Lacks elite speed but racked up 225 career tackles despite just one full season as a starter.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:01pm]

    

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